Thank you for supporting this year’s Catholic Mission Church Appeal through your kind gifts and prayers, and for reaching out to children and communities in need in Ghana and throughout the world.
Your generosity makes it possible for programs such as the Nazareth Home for God’s Children to provide love and support for children rescued from life-threatening situations. Thank you also to so many parishioners who have become monthly giving partners through our Ghana Mission Partners Program.
For more information about the work of Catholic Mission or the Extraordinary Missionary Month in October, please contact our friendly team at the freecall number below, or at catholicmission.org.au/about-us/contact.
Freecall: 1800 257 296 catholicmission.org.au/Ghana
2019-2020 Social Justice Statement
In this year’s Statement, the Bishops reassert Pope Francis’ call to ‘boldly become citizens of the digital world’, with the image of the Good Samaritan as our inspiration. The statement affirms the positive possibilities for encounter and solidarity offered by new digital media, while warning of those elements online that can be harmful. Information overload, social isolation, marginalisation of the vulnerable, consumerism and fake news are just some of the challenges. As individual users and as people and communities of faith, we are called not just to be inhabitants of this new digital world, but to be active citizens shaping it for the good of all.
For further details about the Catholic Bishops’ Statement, visit the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council website www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au or call (02) 8306 3499
Share the Journey has at its heart the vision of a united global human family. We are a global confederation, run by Caritas Internationalis, of 165 national development agencies.
We are the charitable arm of the Catholic Church and our confederation works at diocesan, national, regional and international level on issues such as poverty, migration, climate change, hunger, health and emergencies.
Pope Francis launched the 2 year campaign from Saint Peter’s Square on 27th September 2017 when he invited everyone around the world to “Share the Journey” with refugees and migrants.
If you are passionate about migration and interested in what’s happening in our world, then this is a campaign where you can make a difference at all levels. This is an opportunity to share something of yourself and offer it up in friendship in exchange for friendship and a journey of discovery.
For more information visit
Below is the text of a letter received recently from the Asylum Seeker Centre at Newtown;
“Dear Kate and North Harbour Parish,
Thank you for the groceries and other goods you have provided for the Asylum Seeker Centre. This will allow the shelves of our “store” to be well stocked, so we can give out weekly parcels of food and monthly packs of toiletries to those in need. We are currently providing bags to over 150 asylum seekers every week, so we get through the stock quickly! These generous practical donations serve to demonstrate to the Asylum seekers that come to our centre that there are people in the local community who care about their well-being.
Your support will ensure that asylum seekers and their families can benefit from all the services the Centre provides, recover from past trauma, and rebuild their lives. In doing so you make sure that they are afforded a dignified, meaningful and safe existence pending the fair, transparent and expeditious resolution of their claims.
We greatly appreciate your contribution that enables us to make a positive impact on the lives of the men, women and children fleeing conflict, persecution and terror in their countries of origin. On behalf of all of them, I thank you.
Chief Executive Officer”
Thanks also to all those parishioners who transported the collected goods to Newtown.
ASYLUM SEEKER CENTRE APPEAL
The Asylum Seekers Centre provides practical and personal support for asylum seekers living in the community.
Next weekend will be the final weekend to donate goods to this appeal.
Boxes for the donation of goods will be provided at St Cecilia’s and St Kieran’s churches, St Cecilia’s and St. Kieran’s schools, and at St. Augustine’s College. At the end of May the donated goods will be collected and transported to the Asylum Seeker Centre at Newtown.
Our parish Justice and Peace Group would like to thank you for your generous donations to the Asylum Seeker Centre in Newtown.
One of the things we always like to highlight during our planned giving campaigns is just how much happens in our parish. We have 2 Churches, 2 schools, the parish centre and there is always something happening somewhere. During 2015 we performed 170 Baptisms, 206 Confirmations, 165 First Communions, 47 Funerals and 2 Weddings.
We conduct 11 regular Masses a week. Our Catechists see around 800 children in state schools a week. We have a dedicated group of Eucharistic Ministers offering pastoral care, on a daily basis, to those in our community no longer able to attend Church. We have children’s liturgy, Vinnies groups, Catholic Women League, hospitality, social justice, music and many, many other groups.
We have been a parish that has always had a history of volunteering and of financial contribution to maintain our Churches. Some of our contributors are now the 3rd generation of families to support the Parish. Supporting the Church is not only about financial support, it’s also about getting involved, joining a group, helping out at Mass or perhaps just saying g’day to a new face in Church.
If you would like to join the planned giving program there are forms in the pews or the foyer. If you would like more information about the volunteer work and groups within the parish please contact the parish office.
This year so far we have made 2020 meals for two for Link Community Food Care! After many years with Link Community Food Care, Phil is moving on to exciting new ventures with the Parramatta Mission for homeless men, where he has been giving much of his time whilst working with Link. Phil sent the following message for the GIFT Team.
“As I said on the phone we are tremendously grateful for the meals GIFT continues to supply Link Community Food Care. The provision of the meals lifted our service to a new level and blesses families every week. It is not just the food that blesses but the knowledge that someone else cares for them. They obviously know we care at Food Care but knowing that someone that doesn’t even know them cares enough to provide the meals speaks volumes for our faith.
God bless you and the team and stay in touch”
Some exciting news re Dalwood ….
In July, the GIFT Team was able to fulfil a request from Dalwood to help a young mother with equipment for her newborn. . Kerry sent the following message:
“Thanks so much to all your team for the wonderful help. The mum in need had a new baby girl last Thursday and was overwhelmed by all the gifts and goodies provided. She asked me to pass on thanks to everyone involved.”
Evelyn Paterson—GIFT Co-ordinator